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Million Dollar Quartet rocks at PPAC

A jukebox musical is a pretty low-concept idea, no matter how entertaining the production might turn out.
The Fab Four
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 18, 2013

Memphis tears down the house at PPAC

There are worse concerns in America's history of racial inequities than a white DJ getting eyerolls for playing black music. Nonetheless, the musical Memphis will tick you off about the foolishness anyway.
The soul of a city
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 07, 2012

An uplifting Elf The Musical at PPAC

It's about time elves get some credit for contributing to Christmas cheer.
Spirit of the Season
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 09, 2012

A high-flying Catch Me If You Can at PPAC

The subject and story of Catch Me If You Can sound like the flights of fancy that customarily keep musicals aloft, but it's propelled by an actual rascal and the unlikely high points of his actual career(s).
Man on the move
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 12, 2012

A high-flying Catch Me If You Can at PPAC

The assonant, guttural names of old Welsh and Scottish villages — Aberarder, Aberayron, Llangranog, Llangurig, Abergorlech — return often to the mouths of the characters in Brian Friel's Faith Healer .
Man on the move
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 06, 2012

Jersey Boys hits the high notes at PPAC

Jersey Boys could so easily have been just another jukebox musical, with familiar hits strung together as predictably as notes on a scale.
Street corner symphony
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 24, 2012


The Addams Family get altogether ooky at PPAC

Musical comedies can sometimes be cartoonish, but rarely are they drawn from actual cartoons.
A ghoulish love story
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 23, 2012

A supersized Mary Poppins at PPAC

There's no secret why the hit musical Mary Poppins has filled more than 9 million seats around the world over the last seven years.
The bitter and the sweet
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 17, 2012

Shrek the Musical charms at PPAC

Talk about your franchises.
'Toon time
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 06, 2012

Cirque Dreams gets seasonal at PPAC

There is plenty of color and spectacle for the little ones and dexterous skill for the big kids (aka adults), as Cirque Dreams Holidaze dazzles at the Providence Performing Arts Center through December 18.
An acrobatic Holidaze
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2011

Rock of Ages lets its hair down at PPAC

Rock of Ages is such an explosive, face-melting jukebox musical that only afterward do we realize it didn't include two hours of skyrocket pyrotechnics — although all the laser beams through fog come close.
Can’t fight this feeling
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 07, 2011


Great escape

Writing about the dance troupe Momix is as tricky as describing effervescence
Momix bring their best to FirstWorks
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 04, 2008